The duo of Jae (formerly of K-pop band DAY6) and Park Jimin (박지민, or better known by her stage name Jamie) have been trending on social media for the past couple of days.
The drama between the two started after the former allegedly threw a degrading word towards his long-time “friend” during his recent live broadcast on Twitch. The clip capturing the idol uttering the derogatory remark immediately went viral on Twitter.
Someone sent me this on ig pic.twitter.com/1pTwhcmqwF
— ~Natalia 🌹| JAMIE 25 (@bemygue48848557) January 8, 2022
“Okay, now that I’m not in K-Pop anymore, I can say this. Why is Jamie trying to be a thot? That’s right, I said it, tell her! I said it. Tell her!” Jae (real name Park Jaehyung, 박제형) said in the clip. As per Koreaboo, “thot” is a derogatory term referring to a woman who has many casual sexual encounters or relationships.
In another clip circulating online, the “Ouch” singer stated that he considers the “K-pop Star” alumna a close friend of him and also a badass queen. He then proceeded by explaning that he thought the term “thot” was the same as “baddie,” but netizens say Jae was just making excuses at this point. The clip quickly went viral, with fans expressing their disappointment towards Jae.
Not only that, the video eventually came to Jamie’s knowledge. She then issued her response on Twitter, pointing out her disbelief at the derogatory term that Jae used, before adding, “Just remember how much I cared about you even before you were in your last company (JYP), and how many times if you were alright. I prayed for you, your questions were like mine. It’s really sad.”
Shortly after, she deleted her post, clarifying that she was “okay”. The “Somebody” singer then indirectly responded to Jae’s previous comments during his live broadcast, saying. “I hate that we as women have to be subjected to men’s humour to appease incels (involuntarily celibate) on the internet period.”
After facing massive backlash from the public, Jae took to his Twitter to publicly apologise to Jamie and also those who were affected by his statement. In this case, the Argentinian-American musician acknowledged that the comment he made had been in poor taste. According to him, “What I thought was (a) friendly banter I now realise wasn’t.”
“In no way was I referencing any kind of physical behaviour or energy (trying to take a slight at Jamie) but rather the aura of what people refer to as a ‘baddie’ and thought the two were synonymous, however I do understand that this is in no way an excuse for my comment. My sincerest apologies to Jamie as well as to everyone who was hurt by it,” Jae added in his post.
That being said, many cybercitizens reacted negatively to his apology post. As seen in his statement. Jae had implied that he wasn’t aware of the meaning of the word and also the negative connotations surrounding the term. Following this, netizens showed evidence proving that Jae was in fact familiar of the word’s meaning.
One of those was a screenshot posted on Jae’s IG, where a user had texted him, “U a thot.” Many believe that Jae’s replies showcase that he knew the negative connotations of the phrase. Additionally, another past video of his live Twitch session was also resurfaced, in light of the recent controversy.
During the broadcast, the hosts were seen talking about some of the usernames. A few of the names mentioned by them could be deemed “sexual”, such as “bussybandit” and “buttmunchies“, to which the idol described them as “Thot ass names.”
i’ve been watching jae’s streams for ages, 1 he is american, 2 there is a lot of proof of him knowing what a thot is anyways if the video wasn’t enough to prove that. he’s described sexual names like "bussybandit" and "buttmuncher" as "thot ass names". you cannot defend him pic.twitter.com/HfbJZQqO7p
— nana (@cakejmn) January 9, 2022
Netizens then shared that Jae must’ve known about the negative connotation surrounding the term. After uttering the word “Thot,” he seemed to imply that he thought Jamie might not be happy with his words. He said, “She’s going to call me and be like, ‘Why did you call me this?’ I can’t believe she’s like a little sister to me. Please, lawyers, don’t call me. I have money. Jamie, I’m poor. Please, just let me be.”
Following these revelations. fans began calling Jae out. They claimed that his apology didn’t seem “genuine”, as they believed that he was aware of the seriousness of the term when he said it. As if that wasn’t enough, the “Sweet Chaos” jam-maker was also blasted for allegedly “lying” in his statement.
This sticky situation involving Jae and Jamie has just turned into a hot mess. We’re glad that people are holding Jae accountable for his actions though.